In response to mandate from the governing Coalition for Democratic Change to its partisans to go for testing, the Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee has tested negative for the Coronavirus.
Mayor Koijee, who participated in the exercise, called on well-meaning Liberians to avail themselves at various testing centers in Monrovia to have their specimens tested.
Speaking to reporters recently following completion of his test at the William V.S. Tubman High School in Sinkor, he encouraged other officials of government to come out and get tested.
The MCC boss is one of the latest officials to get tested for Covid-19, following calls by health authorities, including Health Minister Dr. WilehminaJallah, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Francis Kateh along with WHO Country Representative, and CDC Country Representative who took part in the voluntarily testing at the SKD Sports Stadium in Paynesville.
According to Koijee, he’s is one of few government officials who have adhered to health authorities’ appeal for a voluntary testing amidst a sharp increase in the number of Corona virus cases in Liberia. Liberia currently has over 500 confirmed cases, and 250 recoveries. Cheerful Koijee expressed profound gratitude to medical practitioners across the country for their invaluable and professional services.
“Medical practitioners are the true heroes and heroines in the fight against the deadly corona virus and we must all appreciate them for their efforts”, he said. “Please have courage and do your test; it’s no death sentence having the virus, the sooner you know your status, the better for you.”
He disclosed that several of those recruited as Active Case Finders, Communicators, Mobilizers and supervisors by MCC, NPHIL and LCP have done their test with few results proving positive.
“ We concluded our Corona virus testing and it came negative , our hearts go out to several still hanging there at the 14- Military Hospital undergoing care from trained medical practitioners, including few of our active case finders, mobilizers, communicators and supervisors”, he lamented. Meanwhile, the Monrovia City Mayor reechoed calls for every employee of the city government to lead by example by participating in the voluntary COVID-19 testing exercise.
By Lewis S. Teh–Editing by Jonathan Browne